Day 4 Of Love!…with Carolyn Jewel

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You’ve won an e-copy of HOWL, a signed copy of Hittin’ It and a few other book goodies!  Please email me at amie at with your snail mail address.

“Tflame.jpghe modern romance genre was born in 1972 with Avon’s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss‘s The Flame and the Flower, the first romance novel “to [follow] the principals into the bedroom.” Aside from its content, the book was revolutionary in that it was one of the first single-title romance novels to be published as an original paperback…”*

I’m PRETTY sure this was the first romance I ever read…or was it Rosemary Rogers? heeh either way, I’ve been a voracious reader all my life. I quickly moved on to Harrold Robbins and V. C. Andrews and…Harlequin Presents. So, do you remember your first romance novel?

Today we’re giving away a copy of Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal, which went on sale YESTERDAY! Happy, Carolyn!  I actually met Carolyn when she guest-blogged at Southern Fried Chicas last year.  But we’re both on Twitter, and even though Carolyn writes historicals and I write contemporaries, we have something else in common. We’re both working moms.

So here’ s a little more about Scandal from my good friend Katie:  Gwilym, Earl of Banallt, has quite a reputation of being a womanizer and a rake. Scandal follows him wherever he goes. Women practically fall at his feet, except for the one woman who has become an obsession. Sophie Evans, a widow he first fell in love with, while her husband was still alive. Tommy Evans married Sophie for her fortune, and left her in the country while he continued his debauched lifestyle in London. Banallt was one of Tommy’s friends who joined him as he cut a path through London. The few times when Tommy would return home to see his wife, Banallt was with him, and the moment he met Sophie, his heart was hers forever. Banallt and Sophie formed a tentative friendship even after he tried to seduce her. Banallt shared so many things with Sophie and was ready to whisk her away to be his mistress. Sophie denied him and remained faithful to her marriage vows even when her husband did not. After her husband died she wanted nothing more to do with Banallt. Now over a year later, he has returned and will make Sophie his wife and this time he won’t be denied.

When Sophie sees Banallt with her brother, Mercer, she is shocked and scared. She and Banallt have quite the past and she refuses to be one of the many women he uses and discards. Her marriage left her emotionally scarred; she was so in love with her husband, and he in turn did the worst possible thing a husband can do to his wife, he broke his marriage vows. Sophie will never marry again and definitely not to Banallt. But Banallt won’t let her be. Although she wants his friendship, it is too much of a temptation for her. And though Banallt says he has changed, Sophie cannot trust him with her heart. She would be destroyed if she fell for another man who would not be faithful to her. And since Banallt is so much like her dead husband in that respect, she won’t give herself to him even though she craves him with every sense of her being.

Banallt knows he must treat Sophie with tenderness and respect and show her he has changed, otherwise she will never accept him. Very slowly, he is able to break through Sophie’s defenses. She reaches a point where she wants him in her life even though she won’t admit her feelings to him. Suddenly, a horrible tragedy happens to Sophie and she has no where else to turn to except to Banallt. This is Banallt’s chance to have everything he has ever wanted. He longs to hear Sophie say that she loves him as much as he loves her. The question is, will Sophie be able to give Banallt what he wants?

I have to tell ya’ll, after reading all those Harlequin Presents when I was a teen, I love me a reformed rake! WOOT! So ya’ll leave a comment to be entered into today’s drawing!

21 thoughts on “Day 4 Of Love!…with Carolyn Jewel

  1. I don’t remember my first romance – I’m older than you. LOL I’m sure it was a Harlequin Romance, Betty Neels probably. That’s the line that my mother started me on when I was 14. I did go on to Rosemary Rogers – like “The Crowd Pleasers”. But in those early years it was the Harlequins. I still smile when I shelf a Mary Burchell, Violet Winspear, Lillian Peake …. and they look so “aged”. Maybe I shouldn’t be smiling …….

  2. Ah, the 1st Harlequin/Romance: Violet Winspear… I don’t remember the title, but it was set on a tropic island and the male lead was a jerk… but he had this little statues of the goddess Kuan Yin – I remember that distinctly by I have no idea why… anyway… I do know I watched for her books for years…

    Bailey: The term is “vintage”… ;P

  3. I can’t remember my first romance either…it was probably something along the line of Kathleen Woodiwiss like you…I was always into the historical romances until my recent switch to the paranormal, talk about opposites! This sounds like a great book that I would enjoy reading!

  4. I started reading romance about ten years ago, so there are a lot of older romances that I have missed out on. I did read The Flame And The Flower a few years ago, after having several people recommend it to me. It was so good that I saw right away why it still shows up on ‘Best of Romance’ lists so many years after it’s release. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas was the first romance I read and the book that started my addiction.

  5. My first? It was a book called “Captain from Castile”, and it was really an adventure story with ‘romantic elements’, but ohhhh…it was so good!
    The heroine was a poor girl who loved a gentleman, and although he cared for her and slept with her, he thought he really loved a fine, cultured lady (who was a bitch in disguise)…and it was so good!

  6. I was in high school when I was introduced to romance novels by my cousin’s friend. My first romance novel was “The Bride” by Julie Garwood. Julie is still my favorite romance author of all time. I’ve never read Kathleen Woodiwiss.

  7. Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first romance book I read. My mom had several of her books.

  8. The Flame and the Flower was the first romance book that I fell in love with. I used to read R. Rogers and H. Robins because that was all that was out there for a while. I just love historicals. Garwood comes to mind!

  9. Not sure who I read first just remember it was Harlequin. 🙂

    This sounds like a great book. 🙂

  10. I’ve heard great things about Scandal – and… I’ve never read anything by Katherine Woodiwiss. I know I should read something by her, but…
    As for the first romance I read? The Honey is Bitter by Violet Winspear. I found it lying around the house as a kid. It’s really interesting, because my mom definitely didn’t read romances. (So no idea how that happened – but it kicked off my love of reading them!)

  11. Hi, Amie! Found my way here via Larissa Ione. Thank you so much for the contests!

    My first romance was Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and still one of my most favorites. I’ve only read Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss (also an early romance read for me), and I absolutely LOVED it. I’ve got several others by her that I need to read and that I know will be excellent.

  12. I really enjoy a reformed rake as well. This book sounds absolutely fantastic and I’ve heard some really great things about it that have me very interested in reading it, though I don’t read a lot of historicals anymore.

  13. Coming in to cheer everyone on and to say congratulations to the winners! My first romance was Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught. I’ve read almost all of Kathleen’s stories.

    I’m putting Scandal on my wish list. It sounds good!

  14. i cant rmember but i go inot romance again when i was visitng my aunt and she gave her romance novel to read. got hooked lol

  15. I think my first romance was by Emma Darcy ( a mills and boon book, Australian Author).

    Romances opened the world to me – i did not used to read, not because i couldn’t just i just did not want or or always read below my age group.

    Then i started on romances (around 12 or 13 years old) and then onto everything else – I now always carry a book with me